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>>> this morning on "early today" day of reckoning. news corp. chief rupert murdoch prepares to be grilled over his company's involvement in england's phone hacking scandal. >>> swept away. tragedy strikes a family of five at a popular picnic spot in india. >>> and howling habub. a giant wall of dust rolls through phoenix for a second time in nearly two weeks. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with london calling. news corp. chief rupert murdoch and his son along with former chief executive rebecca brooks will face tough questioning this morning before lawmakers in england. this is the development in the growing phone hacking scandal that seems to be changing by the hour. nbc's jim maceda is live for us in london right outside parliament with all the details. jim, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. well, all eyes will be on a small room inside that parliament building just big enough for about 40 or so spectators, but there will be overflow rooms with tvs. this is must see tv today for
day, lynn. >> see if they can make any progress. kristin dahlgren, thank you. >>> rupert murdoch is feeling the financial and political fallout from a phone-hacking scandal. given pressure from england's parliament, murdoch dropped his $12 billion bid for full ownership of a british pay tv company in the wake of allegations that employees at his now shuddered "news of the world" hacked into voice mails and bribed police for stories. the scandal now spans two continents with congressman peter king, chairman of homeland security committee, called for the fbi to find out if murdoch's news corp. tried to illegally obtain phone records of 9/11 victims. >>> authorities in india are still searching for the culprits behind wednesday's deadly bombings that left at least 18 people dead and 133 more injured. residents are still shaking up after coordinated explosions that rocked three separate neighborhood in mumbai during rush hour wednesday. the attacks came just months after india resumed peace talks with pakistan. so far, no group has taken responsibility for the bombings and indian off
moment for me. it was great. >>> in the news this morning, news corp. executive rupert murdoch is back in the u.s. as his phone hacking scandal widens. martin fletcher has the latest from london. martin? >>> good morning. after the high drama of the past week here, today, media, police, government, are all licking their wounds while promising to find out who knew what and when. while rupert murdoch is assessing the damage to his empire. murdoch looked happy to be hope after tuesday's grilling by parliament members. a new york welcome. >> welcome home. >> nice life. >> the slap heard across the world as for britain's parliament, the getting to the bottom of the phone hacking scandal, they've gone on summer recess. but it isn't over for rupert murdoch by a long shot. >> the long-term effects are difficult to see, mistakes were made. it cost him a lot of money. >> reporter: it may cost hem a lot more. the biggest pension fund in the u.s. called for a reform of news corp. but their support from the biggest inside investor, a saudi prince, who owns 7% of news corp. he said the company remay
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